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>> mitchell: tonight, disaster in japan. in the aftermath of the massive earthquake, wide areas of japan's northeast coast lie in ruins without power or transportation. as officials say the death toll could well be over 1,000. i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, nuclear concerns. an explosion rocks a nuclear power plant but leaves the nuclear core intact. now questions are being raised about nuclear safety both in japan and here at home. season at risk-- why the breakdown of nfl labor talks could mean no action on the nation's gridirons this fall. and quake questions-- this town prepared in the u.s. for an earthquake as strong as the one that hit japan. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. it is already sunday morning in japan, and another major aftershock has just hit the country which is still digging out after friday's disastrous 8.9-magnitude earthquake. here's the latest-- an explosion at a nuclear power plant forced 170,000 people to evacuate while an emergency was declared tonight at a second reactor in
waves, resulting from the 8.9 earthquake in japan. we're also told a great -- the great highway in san francisco has reopened and muni service has been restored. all right. we'll be back in 30 minutes, at:00. see you then. at 6:00. see you then. th s. a record earthquake in japan triggers a mammoth tsunami that washes away everything in its path. hundreds are dead. the search for victims, just beginning. i'm katie couric. extensive coverage to want of the disaster in japan. and the tsunami that spread across the pacific to the u.s. reaching the west coast. japan declares a state of emergency at a nuclear plant as radiation levels surge. the area around it is evacuated. and the ring of fire. why this area of the pacific is so vulnerable to earthquakes. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it is saturday morning in japan. the sun is up and the extent of the catastrophe is becoming painfully clear. it's been nearly 24 hours since a powerful earthquake touched of
comments@captioncolorado.com >> couric: tonight, emergency workers return to japan's crippled nuclear plant after soaring radiation forces a retreat. and the u.s. tells americans to evacuate a 50-mile danger zone. i'm katie couric. also tonight, the question everyone in this country is asking: could it happen here? the u.s. has 23 nuclear reactors just like those in japan. how safe are they and we? and as the search goes on for victims of the earthquake and tsunami, an american exchange teacher is among the missing. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. they have what could be the most dangerous job in the world, and the world is rooting for them to get it done. the nuclear power plant workers in japan trying to prevent a meltdown. radiation at the dai-ichi plant in fukushima got so high today they were forced to leave temporarily, but now they're back on the job. japan has raised the maximum radiation dose allowed for nuclear workers so they can deal with the crisis, but
>>> disaster in japan. the crisis from friday's catastrophic earthquake and the tsunami that followed gets worse and worse. the death toll is surging. engineers are battling an expanding nuclear crisis that has forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. the japanese armed forces are aiding in the search for thousands of missing. millions are without power or heat. and food and water are in short heat. and food and water are in short supply. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everyone, on a very busy monday. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. three days after the fact the earthquake disaster in japan continues to snowball. the death toll from the nuclear and humanitarian crisis all growing this morning. here's the latest. it's now estimated that at least 10,000 people were killed by friday's massive quake and the tsunami that followed. tens of thousands are missing. early this morning, there was another explosion at a nuclear plant 150 miles north of tokyo. and a third reactor is in jeopardy after losing its cooling capabilities. some radiation has leaked
>>> japan in crisis. high levels of radiation are escaping from a crippled nuclear power plant following another explosion and fire. japanese officials say the radiation is high enough to make humans sick. they're desperately pumping sea water into the reactors in a last ditch effort to overt disaster. meanwhile the scope of the devastation becomes more apparent as the death toll rises. this is the "cbs morning news" rises. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 15th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning the nuclear crisis triggered by last friday's massive earthquake is quickly getting worse. this morning there was an explosion at a third reactor at the fukushima daiichi power plant. it came after a fourth unit caught fire. that fire was extinguished. the levels were, quote, very high and now poses a threat to human health and there is a high risk that more radiation will escape. residents within 19 miles of the plant have been told to stay indoors. high than normal radiation levels have been detec
mallicoat. the shear magnitude of the catastrophe in japan is staggering. and the numbers are barely beginning to tell the story. the official death toll now stands at about 2800 from friday's earthquake and tsunami. 2,000 bodies washed up on shore today alone but one police chief estimates more than 10,000 have died in his province alone. meanwhile, there is more bad news from one of japan's damaged nuclear power plant, and randall pinkston reports, a third cooling system at the fukushima plant has failed. >> reporter: a second explosion at the crippled nuclear power plant in japan sent a huge column of smoke in the sky and all three reactors are in jeopardy of total meltdown. more than 120,000 people have been evacuated from a 12-mile area and many outside that zone are also leaving. >> we would like to be further away from the plant. >> reporter: in the hard-hit city here, government troops are picking through mountains of rubble searching for survivors. thousands are missing and feared dead. across the shattered northeast coast, millions are struggling for survival after friday's
with breaking news out of japan. good evening, i'm dana king. >> a massive earthquake in japan. magnitude 8.8. those are live pictures of the tsunami that is rolling through cities and neighborhoods right now as it's happening. >> you can see in this water, there are buildings, there are rooftops, boats, vehicles, it's incredibly deep at this point. this quake struck just less than 90 minutes ago off the north eastern coast of japan. >> we've had seismograph, a tsunami watch is in effect. a tsunami watch is not as severe as a tsunami warning. we want to go to robert lyles who is monitoring the coverage. these are amazing pictures half way around the world. we are getting them live. entire cities are being inundated by water. >> you are watching tsunami waves. they swept into the city, where it is already 4:00 in the afternoon. now television cameras were rolling as those waves swept in from what is now an 8.8 magnitude quake. these waves cars, trucks, houses, even buildings. we stay live with these images. let me offer you background information. japan's agency is warning that a tsunami
for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the united states will begin evacuating americans out of japan amid growing concern over the nuclear plant crisis. here's the latest. japanese military helicopters have begun dumping water on the crippled power plant to try to cool overheated nuclear fuel. engineers are trying to enstall a new power line so they can restore power to the plant's cooling system. a top u.s. nuclear official says he believes radiation levels at the plant are extremely high, and will soon be deadly. the obama administration has urged the evacuation of all americans from a 50-mile radius of the fukushima daiichi plant. now, charter japan, with more on this. good morning, charlie. tell us the latest where you are. >> good morning to you, betty. well, you may be wondering where i am. we've been trying to make our way to the quake zone. the japanese military has taken over all the highways. obviously we're trying to steer clear of the nuclear power plant. we had to cut through the mountains where, as you may see, it's snowing. military helicopters launched an all-out water assault on
>> schieffer: today on "face the nation," a triple disaster of unimagined proportions in japan. first, an earthquake and then, the tsunami, and the damage from what now looks like has set off a meltdown in one of the country's nuclear reactors. our correspondents are spread across japan, and we'll have the latest from overnight. it's all ahead on "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs "face the nation" with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer. and now from washington, bob schieffer. >> schieffer: and good morning again. though the news this morning is not very good, not good at all, but here is the latest. the japanese prime minister said today that the disaster that had hit his country-- and we're quoting him directly here-- is "the worst crisis for japan since world war ii." the death toll is now likely to go beyond 10,000 in just one state alone. it turns out the quake damaged two nuclear reactors at a power plant on the coast, maybe three. one of them seems to be going through a partial meltdown, which means radiation could leak. we have a team of
>>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news in high definition. >>> japan's worst earthquake in recorded history leaves the country crippled. hundreds are dead, but many more are still missing and powerful aftershocks are hampering rescue efforts. >>> the 8.9 quake spawned a two story high tsunami that swept on shore and took out everything in its path. the devastation that left behind for miles inland. >>> 5,000 miles and 11 hours later, the quake power surge slammed santa cruz harbor. the damage left in its wake and why coastal communities are still on edge. >>> and another harbor to the north hit hard. how today's tsunami brought back bitter memories of another deadly disaster. >>> good evening, i'm dana king. >> and i'm ken. japan's north eastern coast tonight is a swampy waste land of broken houses, overturned cars and sludgy water. a state of emergency declared at another nuclear power plant because of cooling system failure. five reactor units are now in an unprecedented state of emergency. no radiation leaks have been detected. the official casualty toll, 236 dead. 7
>>> disaster in japan. efforts to control that crippled nuclear power plant have failed. officials admit burying the reactors in cement may be the only option left. as japan remembers the devastating quake and tsunami that hit one week ago today, changing their country forever. >>> and the battle for libya. the u.n. security council gives the okay for international military action against moammar gadhafi's forces. military action against moammar gadhafi's forces. but is it too little, too late? captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the nuclear crisis in japan moves into its second week. and this morning, the head of the u.n.'s nuclear energy agency says japan is racing against the clock. here's the latest. engineers hope to reconnect electricity to at least two of the reactors at the fukushima daiichi power plant sometime today. but, it is unclear if any of the cooling systems will work. smoke is rising from reactor number 2, but officials don't know why. fire trucks are now being used to spray water on the plant, and att
rises in quake ravaged japan as food and water show signs of nuclear contamination. >>> and staying connected, technology provide's lifeline for students trying to find loved ones in japan's disaster zone. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> good evening. a second wave of u.s.-led air attacks against libya is under way tonight as b2 bombers from the first wave return to their base in missouri late tonight. on the ground, u.s. aircraft attack libyan forces south of benghazi for the first time while muammar qaddafi remained defiant, calling nations allied against him the party of satan and vowing to fight inch by inch for his country. we have correspondents on the ground in libya and in washington with the latest and we begin with national security correspondent david martin at the pentagon. >> an unmanned reconnaissance zone takes off from sicily to survey the damage done by american missiles and bombs. an overhead photo shows what happened to the battlefield. >> you can see the shelters, one of which we have blown up here that is actuall
>>> your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. >>> with things getting worse at japan's stricken nuclear power plant, the u.s. is arranging charter flights for americans who want to leave japan. i'm charlie d'agata in yoshita, japan, with the story coming up. >> the desperate search for loved ones during japan's worst crisis since world war ii. good morning, it is thursday, march 17, 2011, st. patrick's day. i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. it's 4:30. a good day to be hoop fans. we have a lot of basketball here on cbs. >> weather-wise, we have a lot of rain don't we, lawrence. >> all this rain is going to make everything nice and green around the bay area. yeah, happy st. patrick's day, folks. if you are heading out, things are going to be mostly dry today. but we do have a chance of a few showers north of the golden gate bridge. behind that, though, we have a significant storm system. that one is on the way. looks like friday could be a very wet and wild day around the bay area. we'll have more on that coming up. right now, let's get a check o
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. a massive military relief and recovery operation is under way in japan this morning, after that 8.9 magnitude earthquake that devastated the island. >>> an explosion at a nuclear power plant has raised fears of a meltdown. hundreds are dead, and that number will most certainly rise. we have full coverage "early" this saturday morning, march we have full coverage "early" this saturday morning, march 12th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> video from less than 30 hours ago in japan, devastating earthquake, 8.9 magnitude. at this hour the official death toll almost 600. and there are other big problems looming this morning. welcome to "the early show" on this saturday morning, i'm russ mitchell. >> and i'm rebecca jarvis. we will continue to follow this story as it develops throughout the morning. >> let's get right to the earthquake in japan, of course. the quake is the fifth largest in recorded history. it was followed by a 23-foot high tsunami. the official death count is 574 dead. the number expected to rise considerably. almost 600 are still
>> mitchell: tonight, disaster in japan. the death toll soars as rescuers struggle to get water, food and power to the survivors of friday's massive earthquake and devastating tsunami. i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, nuclear fears. as quake damaged reactors threaten to overheat, workers are struggling to contain the threat of multiple meltdowns. flooding across large parts of the u.s. force some residents out of their homes and on to higher ground. and pushed out. the state department spokesman quits after causing the treatment of the suspected wikileaks leaker ridiculous. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. we are getting a clearer picture of the death and devastation in japan caused by friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. here's the latest. japan has now upgraded the quake to a magnitude 9. more than 1400 people are confirmed dead, with fears the toll could surge past 10,000. authorities say there is a risk of another nuclear reactor explosion, but u.s. officials say there is no radiation threat to
of radiation in that area. same on perez tonight looks at whether it is possible the radiation from japan to make its way here to the bay area. simon? record record allen, experts say that is quite unlikely that it will get here to ocean beach and the rest of california. even if it did, experts say there is a system in place to detect it. >> the only thing i would be surprised is if we actually detected anything. i mean, i really don't think that's going to happen. >> reporter: katherine is a nuclear expert at oregon state university. she says the small amount of radioactive material released into the air in japan will drop into the pacific ocean before it reaches the coast. >> when you dissolve salt into water, what happens? while dilution is not the solution to pollution in this case, it is going to make it so you really can't measure it. are. >> reporter: for more than 25 years the california department of health has operated a system of sensors to detect radioactive material in the state's air, water and food. the sensors are placed along the coast from border to border. the state won
you! [ laughter ] >> couric: tonight, japan asks for u.s. help cooling nuclear reactors damaged by the earthquake as it tries desperately to prevent meltdown. i'm katie couric. also tonight, the unfolding humanitarian crisis. four days after the earthquake and tsunami, there are shortages of food and housing for the living. body bags and coffins for the growing number of dead. the search goes on for victims in towns virtually wiped off the map. and how safe are we with nuclear plants here at home built on fault lines and striking distances of tsunamis. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone, any one of them alone would be overwhelming, but japan is dealing with three crises: humanitarian, economic, and nuclear, including the possibility of a meltdown. we'll have much more about that in a moment. it's tuesday morning in japan and four days after the earthquake and tsunami. the death toll continues to rise. officially 1,900, but one local police chief estimates 10
in japan are told to stay calm and stay inside as radiation leaks from a crippled nuclear plant and workers try to head off a meltdown. i'm katie couric. also tonight, for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami, a desperate search for food, water and missing loved ones. and on the u.s. west coast, fears of radiation results in a run on potassium iodide. but is there really cause for concern? captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. japan is dealing tonight with the aftermath of one catastrophe while trying to prevent another. we'll have much more about the earthquake and tsunami in a moment. the official death toll is nearly 3,400. but first, the nuclear crisis. radiation continues to leak from damaged nuclear reactors in fukushima, 140 miles north of tokyo. an estimated 50 workers are still trying desperately to cool them to prevent a meltdown. in the meantime, 70,000 people have been evacuated from an area within 12 miles of the dai-ichi plant and 140,000 more living with
japan after that country's largest earthquake in its history. officially the death toll is 40 and is expected to rise considerably. people were killed by the quake and also the tidal waves of water that slammed ashore. we do have word at this hour that all u.s. servicemembers at the u.s. base in in okinawa have been accounted for. the quake hit at 9:46 p.m. last night our time. it was centered off the japanese coast. charlie d'agata continues our coverage. >> it looks like the tsunami has engulfed several cities. >> reporter: a wall of water raced across farmland in northeastern japan sweeping cars and even buildings aside. a massive 8.9 earthquake off the coast triggered a 30-foot tsunami that washed away everything in its path. a tsunami warning has been issued throughout most of the pacific ocean including the entire west coast of the united states, hawaii, alaska and canada. cars bobbed in the water in the port cities. people raced to higher ground. the quake sparked fires that burned-out of control up and down the coast and at one oil refinery east of tokyo. a government
. the nuclear crisis in japan has just gotten worse. in the past few hours a second explosion has occurred inside one of the plants crippled by the tsunami and earthquake. six people were injured. the containment vessel is reportedly in tact. not known if any additional radiation has been released. some reports feeling the explosion some 25 miles away. linda yee has the latest on the nuclear crisis. >> reporter: another hydrogen explosion rocked the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant following yesterday's hydrogen plant blast in unit 1. it is broken into two sections. four faulty reactors at one and three faulty reactors out of six at the other. one exploded. experts feared pressure building up and now unit 3 has blown. more than 180,000 people have been evacuated from the area. up to 150 may have been exposed to radiation. officials are trying to reassure people saying the radiation is not life threatening. >> we were flightenned but the radiation turned out to be nothing to worry about. >> reporter: not everyone believes this and there are three-hour waits to check in for a flight to
that devastated japan's coast. rescue crews continued to search through the wreckage. entire neighborhoods have been wiped out and in one town a ship was on top of a building. home owners trying to pick up the pieces aren't sure where to begin. >> i don't have money or anything. everything is broken. >> reporter: the united nations is helping to coordinate disaster relief. millions are without food and water and aid workers are having trouble getting through because of the damage. in oakland in a what,okinawa, marines helped people have to stand in line for help. in many towns with grocery stores the shelves are emptying out. in areas into your the nuclear power plants, authorities are checking radiation levels. many cities are without electricity because the reactors are offline, which means millions will have to spend another night in the cold. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. >>> four days after that earthquake triggered the tsunami, some new video shows the moment it hit. amateur video shows this wall of water pushing into a narrow bay lifting these boats right over the seawall. the to
'm harry smith. also tonight, one week after japan's earthquake and tsunami a big break for the engineers trying to prevent a nuclear meltdown. and kids from around america and haiti, too, do what they can to help the people of japan. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> smith: good evening, katie is on assignment. president obama delivered a warning today to libyan dictator moammar qaddafi: stop slaughtering your people or face military action. the united states will help enforce a no-fly zone approved last night by the u.n. security council, but no american ground troops will be sent to libya. french and british warplanes could be in the air over libya by tomorrow. hours after the u.n. resolution passed, the qaddafi regime declared a cease-fire, but his forces reportedly kept shelling two cities-- misurata and ajdabiya. and there are also reports that qaddafi's forces are headed toward benghazi, the rebels' capital. david martin at the pentagon begins our coverage. david, good evening. >> reporter:
but all over the country but people -- because people had seen what happened in japan. they knew the result of that kind of earthquake could create a tsunami so they were getting calls to get away from the coast and get to higher ground and safety. reporting live from in half moon bay, back to you. >>> it's just after 10:00 saturday morning in japan. emergency teams are working to get a handle on the scale of the destruction brought on by this massive quake and the resulting tsunami. hundreds, if not thousands of people, are dead. hundreds of people are still missing. as they survey this damage, fires are burning up and down a 1300-mile stretch of the coastline. the massive tsunami swallowed entire villages on japan's northeast coast and left others burning through the night. the 23-foot wave triggered by the largest earthquake ever recorded in japan, swept away cars, boats and buildings. in one coastal town alone, 1800 houses were destroyed or badly damaged. police in sendai have already counted 300 bodies. hundreds more are missing. the 8.9 magnitude quake centered about 240 mi
in the u.s. >>> and more than 10,000 people are feared dead from the earthquake and tsunami in japan. more than 1800 are confirmed dead. more than 1400 are still missing. large areas of the countryside are still surrounded by water and mud. >>> one local effect the damaged santa cruz harbor that will stay closed until next weekend. 18 boats sank and 100 others were damaged when the waves came in after the 8.9 quake in japan. so far two sunken vessels have been recovered and this morning crews are evaluating the damaged and prioritizing boat recovery efforts based on the risk of pollution. the coast guard is enforcing a safety zone meaning boats cannot travel through it. but owners do have access now to their vessels. >>> it is 5:04. let's check weather and traffic. first julie watts. >> good morning. scattered showers out the door this morning. fog along the coast. so be mindful of that and across some bridges. very light scattered showers lingering throughout the morning hours. a closer look. light rainfall from the west to the east. as we move to the second half of the day we'll start t
>>> breaking news. a monster earthquake rocks japan overnight, touching off a massive tsunami that wiped out vast areas. tsunami warnings have been issued for most of the pacific, including hawaii. the earthquake triggered fires that are burning out of control along japan's east coast. transportation is disrupted, and emergency crews are being mobilized as officials only emergency crews are being mobilized as officials only begin to count the casualties. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. a monster earthquake struck japan this morning, triggering a devastating tsunami that swamped a wide patch of the japanese coastline, causing widespread damage, and some major damage, as well. the 8.9 magnitude quake was centered off the northeast japan coastline, about 240 miles northeast of tokyo. it is the biggest quake to hit japan in 140 years. the pictures, they are stunning. take a look. you can see the fires that are still burning at this hour. also, a 13-foot tsunami wave rolled inland, sweeping away everything in its pa
>> couric: tonight, from the air and from the ground, japan launches a water assault on those damaged nuclear reactors to try to cool them. and a voluntary evacuation of americans is under way. i'm katie couric. also tonight, president obama tries to reassure this country we are safe. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast. >> couric: libya's moammar qaddafi vows to retake all rebel-held territory as the u.n. considers military action to stop him. and from hiroshima to fukushima, her fear that japan is on the verge of another nuclear catastrophe. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. there is so much concern in this country about nuclear radiation from jay japan that president obama went on national television today to try to calm every down. he said he does not expect harmful levels of radiation from those damaged reactors to reach hawaii, alaska, or the west coast. at the same time, the united states began evacuating americ
in chile the president travels to el salvador. >>> to japan now. this morning workers are evacuated, or were evacuated from the tsunami stricken fukushima daiichi nuclear plant and smoke was seen rising from one of the reactors. there's been a dramatic jump in the estimated death toll from that massive earthquake and tsunami eleven days ago. police now estimate more than 18,000 people were killed. charlie d'agata has the story. >> reporter: beneath this pile of rubble a much-needed sign of hope. crews pulled an 80-year-old woman and her teenage grandson out alive, nine days after japan's earthquake and tsunami destroyed their home. reports say the two had been trapped in their kitchen, and survived by eating yogurt and other food found in the refrigerator. the dramatic rescue provided a rare bit of good news for a nation reeling from its worst disaster since world war ii. positive developments also emerged from the fukushima nuclear power plant, where engineers are racing to prevent a full-blown meltdown. two of the facility's six reactors are now under control. and crews plan to so
are learning two to three hundred bodies have been found in japan. the death toll is expected to rise significantly. it is friday, march 11. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm elizabeth wenger. sydnie does have the morning off. >>> time now 6:01. the death toll from that tsunami in japan has just jumped. we just learned that between 200 and 300 bodies have been found. at least 88 others were also killed. and nearly 350 people are missing. >> that number as mentioned will certainly go up. a dangerous situation also developing right here on the california coast this morning. a tsunami warning means evacuations west of highway 1 and parts of the linda mar area in pacifica, folks are heading for higher ground and in san francisco, the great highway has been closed, as well. >> and the tsunami from the major earthquake in japan is expected to be hitting hawaii right about now. people gassed up very early this morning as coastal areas on the islands were evacuated. the waves could be six feet or higher there. >> lawrence is tracking the latest warnings and this might be two to three feet but it re
kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. the nuclear and humanitarian crisis in japan escalating by the day. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000, following that devastating earthquake and tsunami. millions of homeless residents are struggling for survival, and now a growing nuclear threat. randall pinkston on how the government is scrambling to prevent a disaster. >> reporter: more than 140,000 people who live near the fukushima power plant in northern japan are ordered to seal themselves indoors. government officials say dangerous levels of radiation are leaking after explosion at three of the plant's reactors and a fire at a fourth. the prime minister pleaded for calm but warned there is a high risk of further leakage. about 50 workers are desperately trying to prevent a complete meltdown. the united nations is monitoring the weather over the damaged plant. officials say the winds have been dispersing radioactive material over the pacific ocean but cbs news has learned, the winds may have shifted south back over land. u.s. helicopter crews returning from elite missions
a live update from charlie d'agata in japan in a couple of minutes. >>> you might be surprised where the biggest threat from a tsunami is here in the bay area. christin ayers is in oakland, where a big wave could mean some very big problems. >>> reporter: good morning. scientists tell the "contra costa times" that the biggest tsunami threat could come if there was a massive earthquake 9.0 or larger in southern alaska sending a huge wave that could flood the port of oakland in four or five hours. if we look at the maps that scientists have developed here, it shows you just why oakland and alameda are most susceptible to that kind of flooding. they are geographically situated at the end of the golden gate strait and could bear the brunt of a big wave like that. they say up to 165 structures in that area would be threatened. now, of course, we saw some of the devastating effects that a relatively minor tsunami had on santa cruz harbor. experts tell the "contra costa times" that area would actually be spared and really any other areas south of santa clara county, they would likely miss a
from japan ever did come across >>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news in high definition. >>> if radiation from japan ever did blow across the ocean, we'd know about it. a look at the sophisticated detection system in the bay area. >> and a new look at the healing power of music. >> i play the drums for her and she said me name. i said my god, this is amazing. >> what music can do for alzheimer's and stroke patients that pill cannot. >> good everyoning, i'm ken. >> and i'm dana king. bay area pharmacies are inundated with a request for pill to fight radiation poisoning. we learned that new radiation monitoring may be installed here. we'll have more on that in a moment. >>> we start in japan, the real possibility of a nuclear meltdown. japanese are taking safety into their own hands. they are getting mixed messages from their own government. >> another crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. a second fire. it lasted only a half hour, but signified japan's unpredictable nuclear troubles. plant workers had to step back after a spike in radiation levels. officials are co
get home. i'm charlie d agata in niigata japan, i'll have that story coming up" >>> your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. >>> emergency teams continue to tackle the crisis in japan's nuclear power plant while many evacuees wonder whether they will ever get home. i'm charlie d'agata in japan. we'll have the story coming up. >>> as the severity of the crisis continues, the radioactive particles that drifted across the pacific are already falling right here in the bay area. >> good morning, it's friday march 18. i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. time is 4:30. the good news is, it's friday. the bad news is, boy, is it raining outside. lawrence, i guess we are going to get a lot more of that, huh? >> yes. this is just the beginning. showers out of the main front and it looks as the main frontal system makes its way through we are going to see the rain picking up. lightning strikes embedded in some of the cells, you can see one making its way into san francisco and also into concord, parts of the north bay, as well. we have more on the way. it's going
. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, another setback in japan. workers again forced to evacuate as smoke pours from crippled nuclear reactors and concerns grow about the safety of japan's food supply. and another a.t.f. agent tells cbs news the agency encouraged gun dealers in this country to sell weapons to mexican drug cartels. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. for a third straight night, tripoli has come under attack from u.s. and allied forces as they establish a no-fly zone over libya. anti-aircraft fire lit up the sky as moammar qaddafi's army tried to defend against the attack. rebels solidified their control in benghazi and launch and offensive to retake other cities. president obama said today the u.s. will turn over leadership of the operation to other nations within days. the president and british prime minister david cameron said qaddafi must go though they insisted he is not a target of the attacks. but a cruise missile attack last night may h
devastated the coast especially in northeastern japan. now the waves are crossing the pacific with a tsunami warning posted for our coast this morning 8:00 here in the bay area, crescent city around 7:30. waves could start hitting the bay area as early as 7:00. so time to watch. >> let's go to gianna franco who is monitoring the roads including the great highway closure that we just told you about. >> good morning. of course, we are keeping a close eye on all the coastal areas. they have issued a closure as a precaution for the great highway. it is shut down between lincoln and sloat. so avoid that area if you can. they are saying it's going to be closed for most of the morning probably into the midday hours, as well. so then great highway is shut down between lincoln and sloat. also we are keeping a close eye on the pacifica area, highway 1. linda mar boulevard, crespie for folks who are told to evacuate in that area. right now i just spoke to someone in pacifica and seems like things are okay. there are a lot more people on the roads obviously. but no problems to report righ
: scouring the rubble in japan, the recovery of bodies continues. the death toll climbs. and the threat of more danger looms. the fukushima dai-ichi power plant is unstable with another explosion and fire tuesday, leading to unhealthy levels of increased radiation, which later decreased. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 20-kilometer radius from the number one plant. we would like to ask you to remain indoors at home or in your offices. >> reporter: and a 30-kilometer radius no-fly zone is now in effect over the plant. some 800 workers evacuated. only 50 remain to carry out essential work. for survivors of the deadly quake and tsunami, raw emotion surfaced as reunions and search for loved ones continue. >> it feels like the end of the world. and i have seen the look on people's faces right after an experience like this, and they are just in deep, deep shock. >> reporter: this american english teacher in japan was finally able to communicate with his parents in the states. this is how he describes living in the aftermath of the devastation. >> the damage is just -- it's cra
from the epicenter. it threatens to get much worse. japan has declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors. without power they simply cannot cool one plant there. radiation levels there have jumped 1000 times normal and pressure is rising in that reactor. thousands of residents have been evacuated as workers struggle to get the reactor under control to prevent a meltdown. some experts are calling it a greater threat than chernobyl. japan reporting 1000 people are dead. tens of thousands of people don't have a place to live tonight. and it is way too soon to put a dollar figure on this damage. early estimates are that the quake and tsunami has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage. here in california the tsunami warning has expired but an advisory is still in effect. tonight governor brown has declared a state of emergency for the four counties hit hardest by the tsunami including san mateo and santa cruz counts. docks destroyed, boats tossed around like tows. in crescent city a man was swept out to sea while taking pictures of the waves. >> it came from nearly 5000
to prevent a nuclear meltdown. now they have been told to stop. the scary setback in japan, where the crisis stands right now. >> and it's been a wet week so far. so should you have your jackets and umbrella handy again today? yeah. [ laughter ] >> keep 'em handy, everybody. >> indeed. indeed. >>> good morning, everyone. it is wednesday, the 16th of march. i'm sydnie kohara hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. it is wednesday, time now 4:30. a whole lot of rain coming our way. good morning, lawrence. >> not only keep the jackets and raincoats and all your umbrellas handy, just leave them out, folks. you are going to need them for some time to come. we have showers out there now. from you heading out, most of it lighter amounts of rainfall making its way in across the peninsula. a cell going across the bay to san leandro, we'll see this on and off this morning, tapering off this afternoon. when will more storms hit? first let's get a check of traffic with elizabeth. >> my fellow friend in purple. chains required on 50, 80 and 88. here's interstate 80 near applegate. pack your chains. rain here
the fear. the nuclear crisis in japan, the radiation threat and the newest explosion. >>> and yes, california does have nuclear power plants. how prepared are we if disaster strikes here? good morning, everyone. it is tuesday, the 15th of march. the ides of march. i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. good to have you back after a nice break. >> tough to get this up morning but i'm here. >> back in time for the rain, i guess, right, julie watts? >> exactly. i was hoping syd would bring with her some sunshine. >> i had a lot of sunshine where i was but we need the rain. >> we are going to get some today especially in the north bay. hi-def doppler, starting off with showers already this morning. beginning in the north bay for the morning commute and gradually tapering to showers as it spreads south throughout the day. i'll time it out coming up. let you know how much you will see in your neck of the woods in just a bit. but first let's check traffic with elizabeth. >> we are back in the traffic department. we're monitoring roadwork. we have a little bit of roadw
. this morning, the japan prime minister is calling for help with rebuilding the company. charlie d'agata reports. >> reporter: moments ago the prime minister said the government is sharing all the information it has about the crisis at the nuclear power plant. people were evacuated from the region around the nuclear power plant and many feel they may never get back home. >>> reporter: fire trucks resumed blasting water onto japan's crippled nuclear power plant as crews raced to restore power to the facility. as early as today, they hoped to feed electricity to at least two of the six overheated reactors and get crucial water pumps working again. >> if the cooling systems in the reactors and fuel ponds are basically sound and then the power comes on, then we might look at that moment as the beginning of the end of this crisis. >> reporter: but even if the power starts back up, it's not clear the water pumps will. they may have already suffered too much damage. there are also fears that getting power back online could spark another explosion. smoke billowed again from one reactor today. water in t
, elizabeth. thank you very much. it's 6:00 on a tuesday. >>> the warning zone around japan's fukushima nuclear power plant is getting wider. that plant is now leaking radioactivity into the air. the warning zone is expanded to include everyone within 19 miles of that plant. the fire at the plant is now out. it was burning in a cooling pond. that respond now believed to be boiling. japan is asking for help from the united states as it tries to avoid a meltdown. >> in particular, they have asked for additional types of equipment that will help provide water and other resources to ensure the reactors continue to be cool. >> low levels of radiation have been detected as far as away as tokyo 150 miles to the south. but there is some good news. an amazing story of survival. a 70-year-old woman who was rescued from her home today. it had been swept away by friday's tsunami. the woman was conscious, but suffering from hypothermia and is being treated now at a hospital. but she should be okay. we have seen images of the moment the earthquake struck in japan, roads buckled, buildings cracked, pe
. >>> the one place in the world that does actually need the pills is japan. in fact the government is asking the u.s. to send shipments. just as california public health experts are urging the public not to go out and buy these pills. and dr. kim can explain they are not exactly without risk, are they? >> i think that's the best way to describe it, allen. with any medication, you need to weigh the risks and the benefit. potassium iodine is supplied for use in a nuclear emergency but it does not protect against all forms of radiation. and it does not protect your entire body. and it can do some harm. another explosion and a fire at a nuclear plant dramatically raises stakes of the a nuclear catastrophe in japan. with growing concern they are handing out potassium iodine tablets. they protect against one type of radiation, iodine 181 that is the most dangerous to one organ in the body. >> the thyroid is unique in taking up radiation. >> reporter: it swamps it so there is no room for the radioactive variety. the risk of radioactive iodine to the thyroid was discovered during the atomic tests in
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. fears of a nuclear meltdown grow, as dangerous radiation levels are detected after a third reactor explosion. 140,000 people near the plant are told to stay indoors as workers evacuate the damaged facility which is now worse than the three-mile island damage according to experts. rescue crews find some survivors but scramble to locate others who may still be trapped. we will bring you the latest on thegraphy catastrophe and the humanitarian aid pouring in around the world "early "this tuesday morning, march 15th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. welcome. this is now a three-prong disaster. the earthquake, sntsunami and n this growing nuclear catastrophe in the region right nout. >> many are wondering how the nuclear catastrophe will end. we will get you some answers from experts this morning. the latest on what the situation is on the ground. at this hour, all eyes are on that crippled nuclear power plant in fukushima after a third explosion this morning. and a old nuclear fuel caught fire sending radio activity into the atm
in japan. another explosion overnight rocks a crippled nuclear power plant as concerns grow over a possible meltdown. along the shattered coastline a thousand bodies are found as the death toll soars. japan's prime minister calling this their worst crisis since world war ii. millions face the day with no power, no water, no food. we have more on the survivors and the humanitarian effort "early" this monday morning, march 14, 2011. thanks for joining us on this monday morning. you can see, these are some of the images which have been coming in and frankly they speak for themselves. unimaginable. >> the devastation we saw friday morning and now in the days after this disaster in japan we continue to get more images, more video of exactly the impact that this is having on this nation and the people. damage estimates in the tens of billions of dollars, but you can't put a dollar figure on the loss of life and death toll estimates continue to increase hour by hour. >> they do. you know how well prepared japan was. the sheer magnitude of this catastrophe is staggering. the numbers barely begin to
japanese ring of safety, which is only about 19 miles. charlie d'agata joins us from japan with the latest on efforts to prevent a nuclear disaster. >> reporter: we are on the way to the quake zone. the japanese military has taken over the highways for humanitarian assistance. we have had to cut through the mountains, where as you can see, it's snowing. we are trying to get as close as we can while obviously avoiding the stricken nuclear plant. military helicopters launched an all-out water assault on japan's crippled nuclear power plant in a desperate attempt to buy more time. crews are racing to finish a new power line that could restore crucial water pumps. the best option many experts say to cool dangerously hot reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. >> reporter: the biggest worry is reactor 4. wednesday, u.s. officials warn the unit no longer has water in its spent fuel pools, meaning the fuel rods are completely exposed, with nothing to preven
in its path in japan. >> now, desperate for aid after the disaster, thousands of miles away, a tour of the damage here in the bay area. >> it's heart-breaking, to see this kind of damage to appear someplace you call home. >> good even right now in japan, it's just after 11:30 sunday morning, and just about an hour ago, a powerful 6.2 aftershock shook off the eastern coast as the country reels from that 8.9 earthquake. and all eyes are still on that nuclear complex where an explosion occurred. the country's nuclear safety agency says there's another emergency at the same site. rescuers are looking for the missing along hundreds of miles of coastline with many areas still unreachable. the death toll stands at 696, where that number certainly expected to rise. the tsunami that raised across the pacific slammed into northern california airports. and some harbors are still closed. we took a tour of the district in santa cruz. >> reporter: from the water, we get a closer look at the damage left by the tsunami in the santa cruz harbor. >> it's devastating. >> reporter: state and local agen
mallicoat. >> and i'm sydnie kohara. >>> there could be a breakthrough in japan. just moments ago, the operator of the country's crippled nuclear plant said they have almost completed a new power line that could restore electricity to the complex. >> and that could solve the crisis that has threatened a meltdown there. the 50 workers trying to keep that plant cool have been sent back in. they were forced to flee last night when radiation levels rose to dangerous levels. >> all six reactors are now experiencing problems. and 200,000 people living nearby have been forced to evacuate. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: helicopters carrying water buckles hovered over the fukushima dai-ichi power plant. the cabinet secretary says the problems are not simple enough to be fixed by water duchess. another fire and high radiation levels temporarily forced crews to leave the complex wednesday morning. but they were ordered to return several hours later. about 50 workers have been trying to cool fuel rods to prevent a nuclear meltdown. earlier in the day white smoke was seen rising from
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